Monthly Archives: May 2010

Hoist By His Own Petard

So David Laws has gone. Unlike some, I have no sympathy with the man whatsoever. A multi-millionaire who takes £40,000 from the public purse and pays it to his partner as “rent” for the room in the house that they … Continue reading

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Love Wins Out

An unexpected ray of sunshine in Malawi. I am pleased for Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, but clearly Malawi’s President uttered the pardon through gritted teeth. That does not bode well for Steven and Tiwonge’s life in Malawi. We’ve had … Continue reading

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Farewell, Jack

Jack Birkett has died. I have fond memories of seeing him and the rest of Lindsay Kemp‘s wondrous company in performances of Flowers and other works. Time to pull out the DVD of Derek Jarman’s Tempest and see Jack as Caliban … Continue reading

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Open Your Eyes

A good article by Julie Bindel about the film Eyes Wide Open. The film depicts what happens when two men, who also happen to be Hassidic Jews, meet and discover their love for one another. As she says about the … Continue reading

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Statesman Speaks

The term "Statesman" is defined in my dictionary as "one versed in the art of government; one taking a leading part in the administration of the State". The former president of Nigeria, Olesegun Obasanjo, is described by the Guardian as … Continue reading

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It Takes Faith…

…to think that the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks isn’t talking out of his arse. Unfortunately, I don’t have that faith, any more than I thought that his predecessor, Lord Jabokovits, was anything other than a homophobic windbag. The moral zeitgeist … Continue reading

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Obsession

Bruce M. Hood draws our attention to a man who is obsessed with racing marbles.       I was rather taken with the stoicism of his wife…

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Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner has died. Whenever I got my hands on a copy of Scientific American as I was growing up, his column Mathematical Games never failed to intrigue (and to make my brain hurt). He sparked interest in science, skepticism … Continue reading

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Olympic Mascots

I see that the mascots for the 2012 Olympics to be held in London have been unveiled. They have the improbable names of Wenlock and Mandeville, and apparently figure in a children’s story specially commissioned for the Olympics and written … Continue reading

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Royal Wedding

BBC TV is running a series of dramas under the theme of "Back to the 80s" at the moment. Last night, we had Abi Morgan’s Royal Wedding, a play set in a Welsh village on the day of Charles and … Continue reading

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Banning the Burqa

A good post from Steve Zara. While I have qualms about why women should choose to wear the burqa, the answer is not to ban it. The answer is to make it as ludicrous as a codpiece, and that must … Continue reading

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The End of an Era

Damn. I’ve just found out that Antony Grey died on April 30th. He was a lifelong campaigner for gay rights – and was one of the major forces for law reform in the UK during the 1960s, leading to the … Continue reading

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Engineers vs Philosophers

Yes, it’s a cheap shot, but true, nonetheless…    

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Is There An Echo In Here?

Is this pure coincidence, or was there something else going on? At the very least, it’s a bit creepy.       Hat tip to Craig Murray.

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A Voice of Sanity Stilled

A bit of bad news from the UK elections: I see that Dr. Evan Harris has lost his seat in Oxford West and Abingdon to the Conservative Nicola Blackwood. It was close – he lost by 176 votes, but it … Continue reading

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Just Desserts

It’s been a long time coming, but I see that the electorate has finally turned on Peter Robinson. All my friends from Northern Ireland will be celebrating tonight.

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The Scots Have Long Memories

It looks as though the UK elections have not produced a decisive win for any party. Although the Conservatives made gains, it doesn’t seem to have been sufficient to give them a decisive majority. Those gains have all been in … Continue reading

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Cameron-Land

Johann Hari gives us a soul-destroying view from the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham as to what it might be like to live in urban areas where the Conservatives control the local councils. If you’re rich, it won’t bother … Continue reading

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Shouting “Fire” In The Theatre

Today, May 4th, is Remembrance Day in The Netherlands. Throughout the country, ceremonies are held to remember the dead of World War II and other conflicts. Chief amongst these is the ceremony that is held in Dam Square in Amsterdam, … Continue reading

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A Negative Tribalism

Gary Younge perfectly sums up my feelings about why I hate Tories: I don’t have a phobia about Tories. That would suggest an irrational response. I hate them for a reason. For lots of reasons, actually. For the miners, apartheid, … Continue reading

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